Teresa Wright

Teresa Wright: A Wonderful Surprise

Teresa Wright

Today, I’m happy to write this text to celebrate my 9th favourite actress, the marvellous Teresa Wright. Even if I had seen only two of her movies, I just think she’s incredible, especially in Hitchcock’s Shadow of A Doubt (1943). For what I’ve seen  so far of this actress, acting look so simple for her. She knew how to act like a fish knows how to swim. She was born to be an actress.

Teresa Wright had the honour to be part of three films directed by the great director William Wyler: The Little Foxes (her first movie, where she shared the screen with the famous Bette Davis), Mrs Miniver and The Best Years of Our Lives. Teresa Wright is the only actress in cinema’s history who was nominated for an Oscar for her first three films: The Little Foxes, Mrs. Miniver and The Pride of the Yankees. The actress won the Best Supporting Oscar for Mrs. Miniver. Also, before Jennifer Lawrence, she was the youngest actress who was nominated for three of her first movies.

Teresa Wright

Shadow of a Doubt is really a movie who seduce me, especially because of Teresa Wright’s performance. I can’t imagine an other actress playing this role. Here, she could play the happy girl very well, just like the sad girl and the angry girl. She had the capacity of changing her emotions with such a facility. What’s sad, is that she never was in an other Hitchcock’s film after this one.

In The Best Years of Our Lives, Teresa Wright played a sensible and a comprehensive woman, the type of character you can identify to. Her performance in this film was great and she knew perfectly how to share the screen with other big big Hollywood stars like Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews, Frederic Marsh and Virginia Mayo.

The beautiful and talented Teresa Wright left us in 2005, but cinema’s fans will always remember her, because she was unforgettable. Happy birthday Teresa Wright! 🙂

Teresa Wright

Citizen Kane

The Perfect Movie

Citizen Kane

It’s quite a challenge to determine what is the best movie of all times. Today, I want to propose you my way to choose it.

The best movie is a perfect movie. Let me explain. It’s perfect in every ways: the screenplay, the direction, the actors’ performances, the originality of the story, the cinematography, the music, ect. The perfect movie is not necessarily your favourite movie. It’s not a movie that you will necessarily love, but that you will admire. It’s a movie that had an important impact in cinema’s history, that people remember it for good or, sometimes, less good reasons.

Vertigo

Of course, even if I presented you my way to choose the perfect movie, we can have many different opinions on what is the best movie ever. The American Film Institute and some other cinematic institution chose Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) as the best movie ever. Even if it’s not my favourite movie, I learnt very interesting stuff about it and agree that it’s a brilliant movie. In fact, it fits perfectly in my definition of the best movie of all times. If it’s not the best movie of all times, it can surely be in the top ten. Since a few years, there’s actually some competition between Citizen Kane and Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958), who both fight for the title. Vertigo is an other movie who fits into my definition. In fact, this debate simply proves us that many movies could be considered the best movie of all times. And, in a way, this will always be kind of a subjective choice, but we have to be as much objective as possible.

Casablanca

On my side, I’ve always thought of Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942) as the best movie ever made and it’s the same story for Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950), but these are just examples, because many movies could be considered “the best movie ever made”.

What do you think of that? Which movie pop-up automatically in your head when you think of “the best movie of all times”?

Sunset Boulevard

Joan Fontaine

A Message for Joan Fontaine

Today, I’m happy to celebrate the 97th birthday of the incredibly talented actress Joan Fontaine

As I am a big Hitchcock’s fan, it’s the movies Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941) that made me discover this star. Joan Fontaine is the only actress who ever won an Oscar for an Hitchcock’s film. That was for her clever performance in Suspicion. She was also nominated for Rebecca and The Constant Nymph ( Edmund Goulding, 1943), but didn’t win. I also had the chance to see her talent in Jane Eyre, September Affair, The Affairs of Susan and The Bigamist. My favourite performance of her is the one in Rebecca. She was perfect as Mrs. De Winter.

Joan Fontaine was really like an angel. I saw some interviews with her and it’s the type of person you want to be friend with. She seemed to be kind and peaceful too. Joan was well known for her love of the animals. For her, they were marvellous friends. We also know Joan Fontaine for being Olivia de Havilland’s sister, another great star. Unfortunately, there always had a big rivalry between the two sisters, but let’s not talk about it. I don’t want to talk about sad things on Joan’s birthday.

Joan left us on December 15 2013. Her memory will always be in our hearts. Wherever she is now, let’s honour her the best we can on this beautiful day of her anniversary.

Happy birthday Joan Fontaine! 🙂

Joan Fontaine

Grace Kelly in High Noon (1952)

Why do I love classic films?

Grace Kelly in High Noon (1952)

Because I’m a young girl, many people ask me how I came to watch and love classic films. There are many factors that made me want to watch then. You have to know that, when I was a child, I didn’t want to watch “old movies”. These didn’t interest me. I only wanted to watch Harry Potter!

One day, my father talked to me about The Birds, this famous Alfred Hitchcock’s movie released in 1963. The way he talked about it, it just seemed to be a very interesting movie. When I finally watched it, I was very impressed by it, especially by the editing. It was nothing like I had seen before. It was scary, but captivating too. So, that’s one of the first classic movies that I had an interest in. Another one was Modern Times directed by Charlie Chaplin in 1936. I remember, my history teacher, in my second grade of High School, presented to us a part of this movie. I really enjoyed it, so I decided to rent it so I could watched the full movie. I have seen this movie so many times now, but I always enjoy watching it.

Now, I want to talk to you about three movies that I discovered on television. One of them was Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, directed by Howard Hawks in 1953. I wanted to watch it, because it was a Marilyn Monroe’s film and she is an icon. In my opinion, it’s a MUST to see a Marilyn Monroe’s film. Everybody talks about her, everybody says “Oh yes, I know her!”, but not much people have seen one of her films. I really enjoyed it. It was original, funny and very different from the other musicals that I had seen before. The second one was High Noon, directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952. This is our family-western. One day, my parents were watching it on TV, so I came in the living room and watched a part with them. For them too, it was their first viewing. This first time, I didn’t have time to watch the entire movie, but the same TV channel presented it many times after, so we had the occasion to plan a cinema night and watch it from the beginning to the end. This was also my first Grace Kelly’s and my first Gary Cooper’s movie. Grace Kelly is now my 2nd favourite actress and Gary Cooper is my 9th favourite actor. Finally, the 3rd classic that I discovered on television was The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, directed by Sergio Leone in 1966, the year my mother was born. It was really the first western that I watched. What kept my attention here was the excellent acting of Clint Eastwood and also the music. Those two elements were so bewitching!

So, I can say that the five movies that made me discover classics are: The Birds, Modern Times, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, High Noon and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

I also discovered classics and cinema in general when I visited the Museum of Cinema in Torino. A must see for cinema’s fans.

Finally, there’s also a book that made we want to watch old movies. The name is “Star de cinema”. It’s a book with a lot of pictures of stars of every decade. I decided to buy it, because the pictures in it were very beautiful. I had fun to learn actors and actresses names with this book. 🙂 Sometimes, when the book talked about a movie and it seemed interesting, I decided to watch it and most of the time, I enjoyed it.
So, that’s the way I discovered classic films and classic stars.